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Most Easter Egg hunts find eggs hidden in grass or bushes. Here, they fall from the sky!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Empty plastic Easter eggs, to be redeemed for candy, rained down on Brentwood Park at the eighth annual Hope City Egg Drop on April 13.  Those near Lane Middle School, in the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood, might have wondered why a crowd was gathering on the stormy Saturday morning of April 13. The answer would soon become clear above.

"We're so glad to be back, hosting our eighth annual 'Hope City Egg Drop'," smiled Hope City Church Pastor Brian Becker, in Brentwood Park.

Until they started the festive event that includes field games and activities, photos with the Easter Bunny – and then thousands of bright, orange Easter eggs being showered down from a helicopter – Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood kids had no Easter-themed events.

"We want to do something for these kids, and we wanted to make it amazing," Becker said. The crowds have grown each year.

Indeed, it didn't take long for more than 1,300 kids register this year. "It's still free for kids who live in the neighborhood," Becker remarked. But for those outside the area, we do ask for a fee donation."

And, as in past years, 100% of donations go directly to help support activities of the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA), the pastor reminded.

"We are very excited, thrilled, and thankful for this," beamed BDNA Chair Chelsea Powers. "Just think: this group raised $3,400 – a thousand more than last year – toward our advocacy and outreach programs, such as our Movies in the Park, National Night Out Celebration, and Hallowe'en 'Spook-tacular."

Some 150 volunteers helped this year's "Egg Drop" run smoothly. Some helpers had packed more than 800 pounds of candy into bags so that, whether a child collected one egg or a dozen, they all got an equal amount candy, keeping it from being competitive.

Before the aerial Easter Egg drop, families with toddlers scooped up eggs in an area set aside from the "drop zone".

DAVID F. ASHTON - Above Brentwood Park, a helicopter dispenses empty plastic Easter eggs, to be redeemed for candy, at the eighth annual "Hope City Egg Drop". 
As the blades of the helicopter could be heard approaching in the distance, the pastor looked, and smiled; a forecast rain shower had held off.

"We do this because we like to love people," Becker said. "When we see how Jesus loved people, with no strings attached, we want ourselves to distribute the love we feel from God. When we see these kids smiling and enjoying themselves, with their families, we think it's a pretty good opportunity that shows that kind of love that we feel."

Learn about Hope City Church online – www.hopecityPDX.com.

And learn more about the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association at their own website – brentwood-darlington.org

All other Easter Egg events in Inner Southeast occurred one week later, on the day before Easter – after the deadline for this issue of THE BEE. Look for more photos next month!


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